If you find yourself in Hobart and feel the need to get out of town, Bruny Island is a great place to sample amazing local foods while surrounded by wild Tasmanian beachscapes.
Bruny Island Ferry
From Hobart it’s an easy half hour drive to the Kettering Ferry Terminal, where you need to catch the car ferry to Bruny Island. Make sure you check the latest ferry timetable, and time your trip back and forth, otherwise you may be waiting for up to an hour.
The ferry ride is on The Mirambeena, takes around twenty minutes and is very reasonably priced at $30 return. From the upper deck you can get good photos of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, just don’t try to pronounce it.
The Neck - Bruny Island
There are a number of boutique food shops along the main road through Bruny, that specialise in the local food stuffs. We ate well on the island, our first stop was at the Bruny Island Smoke House where we enjoyed some amazing smoked salmon. We also visited the Bruny Island Cheese Company, and sampled incredibly fresh oysters at Get Shucked.
A unique feature of Bruny is The Neck, a narrow strip of land separating Great Bay and the Tasman Sea. We stopped here for a bit and climbed the steep stairs to the top to take a few photos. The beach was also nice, but being winter and with a gale force wind blowing, we stay there for long.
Bruny Island has attracted explorers from the beginning, and in particular Adventure Bay (above) has had more than its fair share.
Abel Tasman tried to land nearby in 1642, but was unable to.
Adventure Bay was named after Tobias Furneaux’s ship, an English navigator who in 1773 is credited as the first European to set foot on Bruny, which at that time was known by its aboriginal name Alonnah Lunawann and was not known to be an island.
He must have given it a good review, as four years later his former boss, Captain James Cook, visited Adventure Bay and carved his initials into a tree which remained a famous landmark until 1905, when it was consumed in a bushfire.
It wasn’t until 1792 that French explorer Bruni d’Entrecasteaux found that Bruny was an island, mapping the area in detail while searching every bay for the lost La Perouse expedition. Due to the quality work of his talented crew, the island was to bare his name.
William Bligh, famous for inspiring two mutiny’s, visited a number of times, as did Mathew Flinders.
Adventure Bay Rainbow
The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable and it turned on us fast, so our own exploring was cut short. We took refuge in The Penguin Cafe, where we enjoyed a delicious scallop pie.
Bruny Island Cruises run an exciting tour from Adventure Bay. We didn’t have time on this trip to experience it but we will definitely time our next visit to include, as it looks to be a highlight.
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